Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) flaunted his rifle skills in a Thursday Twitter video and said that weapons such as the AR-15 are instrumental in protecting yourself — especially in the event of a law and order breakdown.
What are the details?
Graham visited Palmetto State Armory, where he was seen firing a rifle. He later delivered remarks during a press conference about Second Amendment support.
The South Carolina lawmaker also blasted President Joe Biden for attempting to place a ban on certain firearms.
“Democrats are basically declaring war on gun ownership,” he added.
He later shared the video footage to his Twitter page, captioned, “In 1994, there was an Assault Weapons Ban — the evidence indicates that there was really no change at all in crime, because the crooks are going to get a gun! Today at @PalmettoArmory I fired one of the weapons they are trying to ban. #2A.”
“Now why would anybody need to own an AR-15?” he
continued. “If there is a breakdown of law and order, and that can happen — we’ve seen it happen in our major cities. Remember [Hurricane] Hugo, where people were isolated for days? Remember [Hurricane] Katrina?”
added, “It’s not impossible to find yourself in the modern world without any police protection, because that’s just the way the times are in which we live in. We’re talking about defunding the police!”
In 1994, there was an Assault Weapons Ban – the evidence indicates that there was really no change at all in crime,… https://t.co/X4Nm3CbroZ
— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1617310122.0
@PalmettoArmory It’s not impossible to find yourself in the modern world without any police protection, because tha… https://t.co/FGZMF8tVcd
— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham)1617310543.0
During the press conference, Graham said, “In South Carolina, we take seriously the right to bear arms, but also the responsibility that comes from owning a weapon.”
He then went on to blast the background check bills that the U.S. House recently passed, stating that the bills are far too restrictive for law-abiding citizens, and vowed to oppose any assault weapons ban backed by Biden if it heads to the Senate.
“Let’s bring them all to the floor,” he said. “Let’s vote. Maybe we can find some compromise, but I want to put every United States senator on the record as to where they stand on the Second Amendment. I think the voters in 2022 need to understand this.”
The longtime Republican lawmaker added, “One of the things about our Constitution is that we understood early on that if you live in a dictatorship, or in places where the government runs everything, the first thing they take away from you is not just your speech but your ability to defend yourself. That’s why the Second Amendment exists. The ability to own a gun responsibly is a constitutional right in America, and here’s what I would say: We need that right today, as much as any other time in American history.”
Graham also took aim at “liberal elite” who often don’t realize the necessity for self-defense.
“It’s the liberal elite who are able to live in a security environment the average person can’t have,” he explained. “All the people talking about taking your guns away have armed guards around them. So I’m here to tell you, look, in South Carolina this year, where three people, senior citizens, mostly, if they had not had a gun, they would have been killed. Women would be raped and people would be killed time and time again without the ability to defend themselves. This is not fearmongering. This actually happens.”
You can listen to more of Graham’s remarks here and below.
Senator Graham visits Upstate gun range to discuss assault weapons ban